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Genio Gioire Friulano

2017 Colli Orientali del Friuli, Friuli-Venezia Giulia (100% Friulano)

Friulano is a grape of many names: Sauvignon Vert, Tocai Friulano, Tai and Sauvignonasse most notably. So it’s not surprising then that this wine of many names can also be made in many different styles. This Friulano is a pale straw color with greenish hints. It possesses a strong and round taste, with characteristic notes of bitter almonds, chamomile and wildflowers. It pairs well with vegetables in risotto and prosciutto crudo. $32.99/btl

 

Cantina Braschi Monte Sasso Rubicone Famoso

2017 Mercato Saraceno, Tuscany (100% Famoso)

Famoso is the wine varietal that Italy forgot up until 2001 when it was rediscovered by a farmer just north of Tuscany. This small production wine is grown in sandstone soils which give the wine its mineral structure. Semi-aromatic with scents of white flowers and herbs, fragrant, with fresh acidity and minerality. We recommend it with fish, pasta, light hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. $24.99/btl

 

Cantina Tollo Rosso Biologico           Certified Organic!

2017 Terre Di Chieti IGP, Abruzzo (a blend of Montepulciano and Sangiovese)

If it’s ruby red appearance with violet hues doesn’t get your attention, it’s lovely bouquet of red berries, violets and liquorice will! This is an affordable and enjoyable young wine. This rosso is full bodied, flavorful and well structured, with soft and well-integrated tannins. $17.99/btl

 

Amorino Montepulciano D’Abruzzo

2013 Montepulciano D’Abruzzo DOC, Abruzzo

This wine is macerated at length in concrete tanks in order to obtain optimal tannin structure then it is aged in barrel for 12 months. This wine is excellent with pasta in meat sauce as well as stewed game meats. The nose is fragrant with delicate notes of black cherries, plums and spice. The attack is dry and fresh with more dark cherries and plums. The tannins are low allowing a soft but lengthy finish. $XX.XX/btl

 

Don Antonio Primitivo

2015 Puglia IGP

The nose of this wine is intense and persistent with fine, ripe red fruit, and a clean spice from the oak barrels and the grapes themselves. On the palate, the wine is soft and harmonious. The tannin is effectively controlled, the acidity supports this and is especially fresh and fragrant. This wine is savory, fairly full-bodied, very intense and persistent. $XX.XX/btl

 

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Furthermore Rosella’s VIneyard Pinot Noir

2014 Santa Lucia Highlands, California

Located east of Monterey Bay, this vineyard has foggy mornings, breezy afternoons and a long drawn out growing season. The vineyard is farmed by SLH legend Gary Franscioni, whose family has been farming the Salinas Valley for over one hundred years. This Pinot Noir is velvety raspberry palate with a hint of blood orange and alluring floral aromas. Pretty and precise, it is delicate for this rich-leaning region. Wild strawberry and rhubarb flavors pop on the sip, alongside watermelon rind and a very rocky and tense minerality. There is tons of tannic and acidic depth. 94 Points from Wine Enthusiast.  

 

Kiamie R’Own Red Blend

2016 Adelaida District, Paso Robles, CA

65% Grenache, 23% Tannat, 9% Syrah

This Cote du Rhone inspired wine is dark and dense yet remains elegant and feminine, showing candied blackberry, crème de cassis and pressed mulberry aromas, accented by savory hints of grilled exotic spiced meats. Soft, yet lush and refined tannins engulf the palate, elongating with time, while boisterous acidity accentuates brambleberry, and crushed granite flavors.  

 

Laurel Glen “Counterpoint” Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Sonoma Mountain, California

This is an approachable release from the mountain estate that is known for ageworthy Cabernet. Earthy and herbal, it offers clove, cedar and peppery notes on the nose. The fruit is ripened to the point of fatness, juicy black plum and tart-sweet blackberry flavors tasting bright and fresh. Round and concentrated earning 93 Points from Wine & Spirits Magazine.